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Closing statements set 'Joe Cool' case

MIAMI (AP) - Closing statements are set to begin in a one-time security guard's second trial for the 2007 killings of four people aboard the "Joe Cool" charter boat.

Proceedings are scheduled to continue Wednesday morning. Jurors in the first trial could not agree on whether 21-year-old Guillermo Zarabozo was guilty of murder and other charges, but did convict him on weapons counts. A U.S. District Judge threw out those convictions and ordered a new trial.

Zarabozo is charged with killing the four people and attempting to hijack the vessel to Cuba. Zarabozo faces life in prison if convicted.

Zarabozo claims 37-year-old Kirby Archer tricked him with stories about CIA connections. He claims Archer, who pleaded guilty last year, killed all four people.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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